Female Mallard wants babies

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Whispering_Raven, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Whispering_Raven

    Whispering_Raven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a lone female duck and she seems to really want babies. She has been raised with chickens and no mate, unless you include our very large and proud Barred Rock Roo. She has watched two hens raise little ones and Ziggy (duck) just sits and sits on her eggs. I don't want to raise a lot of ducks, but should I purchase eggs for her to hatch? Thanks for your input.

    -Tracy
     
  2. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Umm...how do you "know" she wants babies?

    Us humans can not predict "wants" of animals (normally). Perhaps consider getting her a drake?

    If you(she) want babies, then let her hatch them, if not, then collect the eggs as soon as they are laid and refrigerate.

    Questions?
     
  3. Whispering_Raven

    Whispering_Raven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't say that I "KNOW" for a fact she wants babies. I'm no chicken or duck whisperer....But she act differently that her normal self when she's around other chicks. She mothers them until the Hen sees her and runs her off and then she spins in circles around her nest squawking.She refuses to come off her nest for days on end. If you try to collect the eggs she bites. So, my question again is....Should I get some fertilized eggs for her to hatch. I do not want a drake.
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I personally would get her a drake or some fertile hatching eggs.
     
  5. featherfinder

    featherfinder Runner Lover

    If you want to raise some ducklings then go ahead and get her some eggs to hatch out! Im sure she will be very happy.
     
  6. Senna95

    Senna95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why not let her hatch out some chicken eggs? She'll never know the differece. Just keep her away from the water, cause the chicks will follow her into a pond.....
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    My Vote fertile eggs!
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Basically, it's your choice. Only you know whether or not you have the facilities to raise and keep more ducks. Understand that if you give her fertile eggs most likely some of the ducklings will be male.
     

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